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If you see me driving around Grant County, there is a 95 percent chance I’m singing in my car.
If you see me leaving the Grant County News office, there’s probably a 75 percent chance I’m whistling a song that’s stuck in my head.
But there is always a 100 percent chance that I’ve always got music on my mind.
Music is something that I am passionate about. I love getting the chance to hear new music. It’s not that I’m just hearing a new song, but I get someone else’s perspective on life.
As a writer, I’m a storyteller, describing what I see from each game, match or round. I’m hoping that I can tell readers something about the game that they didn’t know or describe a play of a game in a way that a reader feels like they experienced it themselves.
That’s how I feel when I listen to music. I feel like I get to follow a story that’s being told to me. The Avett Brothers are great at telling stories and their music sticks in my head.
I used to listen to a lot of hip-hop, but now I’m driven to music that’s more instrumental and focuses on the telling of a story. Not to say that hip-hop doesn’t tell stories. Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco are excellent storytellers that can blend their message with a beat.
I think it’s the message that’s in a song that I connect to the most. It’s only a bonus when the music that accompanies the lyrics strikes a chord in my heart.
Music is what gets me through the day a lot of the time. I’ll sit at my desk and organize my notes for a story while a song plays through my headphones. I’ll get in the car on the way to a game and the first thing I’ll do, other than put on my seat belt, is set up my iPod for the trip.
There was a writer for ESPN.com that started his articles by writing, “Written while listening to…” and then name a band and a song. That’s something that’s always stuck with me. I wish I could let readers know what I was listening to while writing a game story. Maybe it would be better if they could listen to the same song while reading the article.
I wish I could say that my taste in music is great, but the truth is that I love a lot of wacky music. Well, it’s wacky in other people’s opinion. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve got the theme songs to Reading Rainbow and Growing Pains on my iPod. They’re songs that can connect me to a moment in my past, but they also rock.
Lately, I’ve been listening to an artist called Martin Sexton and his song, “Diner”. It’s an upbeat song that is dedicated to, you guessed it, diners. It’s a subject that’s so simple, but it’s a song that I can’t forget. I figure that’s the goal of all artists. To create something that leaves an impression in the listener. To make a connection from a studio far, far away. To foster a love for a tune that can continue to grow from the moment you hear it.
I’ve been to two weddings this year and have another coming up this November. The first song for the newlywed couple is something that is special to them and their love is apparent from the moment that first note is played. They sway to the song, as the wedding guests get the pleasure of seeing how one song can connect two people after they’ve already said their vows.
It’s just music, but at the same time, it’s so much more.
(Ryan Naus is the sports writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at 824-3343 or by e-mail at email@example.com.)